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5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Fall

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The month of October brings a special Autumn nostalgia. Fun events and activities will be happening every weekend throughout the month, and the cooler weather will make them fun and enjoyable. In addition to the fun activities comes fun foods and scents. Your home may have the scent of cinnamon wafting through the air and you make pumpkin flavored foods, and it’s time to drag out the scarecrows and mums for the front porch. There are some other things that you need to do during this season as well that may have slipped through your plans. Here are five things you need to remember to do to your home during the Fall season.

Keep the Gutters Clean

You may have been neglecting the gutters all summer, but when Fall hits, it’s time to get them taken care of. When there is debris stuck in your gutters ice can form dams that will prevent these drainage systems from working properly. This can lead to water seeping into your home, leading to all sorts of issues and extra energy costs.

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Light It Up

The days are getting shorter, hence you’ll probably be walking in the dark more than you did in the summer. You can keep your home safer by installing solar lights along the sidewalks, and by installing lights that are motion activated on your porch. This will also help save energy, since you’re lights will be on more than they were through the summer.

Check for Air Leaks

It may be nice to open the windows now, but once the weather really starts getting cold, you’ll want all of your precious warm air to stay inside. Now is the time to find leaks and use caulk to seal them. You can also use weatherstripping to seal components that move, such as an operable window.

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Check Your Furnace

Though your furnace has been the last thing on your mind through the summer, now that the weather is cooling down, you’ll want to bring it back to the forefront of your mind. You’ll want your furnace cleaned each Autumn to prevent sediment build up. This can cause your system to work less efficiently, and it can even be a fire hazard! Throughout the winter, try to change your filter regularly. A dirty filter will decrease the air flow, and the energy efficiency.

Check Your Ducts

You may not think about your ducts often, but they are a valuable way to save energy and money! If your Lake of the Ozarks home has central heating then it can lose about 20% of the air that moves through your duct system. Seal your ducts properly, and insulate them. If your ducts are insulated and sealed correctly it can potentially reduce your annual energy bills significantly!

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